Many schools visit Quebec City. Here is the perfect French Canadian preparatory unit. Learn about the ramparts, the river, the upper and lower town, all at a beginners level. The word Quebec comes from the Algonquin word Kébec: the place where the river narrows. Let your students reflect on the origin of the names of other towns and cities.
The unit on snow includes an exercise about the amount of snow that falls in Montreal in an average winter; the cost of clearing that snow in Montreal, and the effect of salt. The song included is Mon pays (Mon pays, ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver.) Weather and clothing follow.
A female athlete, winner of several Olympic medals, provides the context to present different winter sports and the vocabulary of the body.
Subject matter: climate; winter sports; city
Vocabulary: climate; winter sports; parts of the body; adjectives related to the city
Grammar: combien; adjectives
Oral practice: a song; winter clothing; interview with an athlete; names of cities
Homework: one season; an athlete; a city
Internet: Key word list to facilitate a search
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